A group of people sitting in a library. A store front with a sign in front. A group of people in a library. A person standing in front of a shelf of books. A person sitting in a chair in a library. A man and a woman sitting at a table with a drawing on the wall. A group of people in a classroom.
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Chicago, Illinois

In moving to a bigger, brighter space down the street from its previous home, nonprofit tutoring and writing center 826CHI sought to not only expand, but more effectively convey the creative energy at work there. Through pro-bono services, Gensler developed a mission-focused master plan that engages the organization’s core audience: kids ages six to 18. The reinvented “Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.” storefront draws kids with the promise of adventure and intrigue. In addition to a retail store for spies of all ages, the bright new space provides an appealing backdrop where young writers can explore and hone their skills.